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How UPDF Will Vacate South Sudan

CDF Gen Katumba Wamala addressing the press in Kampala on Monday (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/CR)

Burkinabé journalist Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou was Saturday awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards Ceremony.

Boowurosigue Sanou was awarded the overall ‘CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year’ Award for his work ‘Nuit du 29 octobre à Azalaï : Nous étions à la chambre 143’, visit http://cfbtoman.com/wp-admin/includes/widgets.php which appeared in Burkinabé daily print newspaper and was chosen from entries spanning 39 nations across the African continent.

Sanou’s work documents the ousting of Blaise Campaore, malady who had ruled over Burkina Faso for 27 years.

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In his acceptance speech, clinic Sanou said, “I feel so lucky to be named CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of Year. My story was about power and how people can fight against it – I’m so proud that the story has been told and will now be remembered. I want to share my prize with all those who work at L’Observateur Paalga.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tim Jacobs, CEO MultiChoice Africa and Deborah Rayner, SVP International Newsgathering TV and Digital, CNN International, presented Sanou with the Award at a Gala Awards ceremony held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, in Nairobi.

Chairperson of the judging panel, Ferial Haffajee, said, “Room 143 was a work of enterprise.  Burkina Faso’s parliamentary protest saw Blaise Campaore leave his seat and the country.”

He added, “This was a remarkable moment in a newsworthy year. This feature takes the reader to the night before – the night of the long knives when members of parliament attempted to win sufficient support to extend Campaore’s term.  It was not to be and this story explains why not. A piece of dramatic reporting built on the reporter’s clever decision to take a room (143) in the hotel where the action went down.”

Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou, winner in the Francophone General News Award – Print, was among 32 finalists from 15 countries who attended the Awards ceremony as the culmination of a all-expense paid four day programme of workshops, media forums and networking in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to Deborah Rayner, SVP International Newsgathering TV and Digital, CNN International, the winners really demonstrated the very best of journalism – from powerful investigative journalism through to celebratory stories of hope and change

CEO MultiChoice Africa,  Tim Jacobs congratulated all the winners and said,” Your words and images reflect the reality of our world and attest to the important role the media plays in Africa’s development. As a good corporate citizen, together with our partner, CNN and other sponsors we will continue to invest in the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards to ensure increased development and advancement of outstanding journalism across the continent.”

Now in its 20th year, the Awards are supported by a range of prestigious sponsors:  A24 Media, African Development Bank, Dow, Ecobank, GE, IPP Media and MSD (MSD is known as Merck in the U.S. and Canada).

The overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 wins a substantial cash prize and all finalists receive a cash prize, and iPad Air, with runner-ups receiving an iPad mini.

Winners in the individual competition categories are:

Adewale Olugbenga Emosu of Tribuneonlineng.com, Nigeria won the Culture award, presented by Stephen Isaboke, Regional Director, East Africa, MIH.

Thomas Naadi Bitlegma, Viasat1, Ghana  lifted the African Development Bank Environment Award, presented by Joel Kibazo, Director of Communications and External Affairs at the African Development Bank Group.

Ibrahima Diallo, Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise (RTS), Senegal won the Francophone General News– Electronic Media Award, presented by Greg Beitchman, VP Content Sales & Partnerships, CNN International

Ecobank Economics & Business Award, went to Femi Asu, Punch Newspaper, Nigeria. The award was presented by Richard Uku, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Ecobank.

GE Energy & Infrastructure Award, presented by Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa went to Paul Kelemba, Freelance for The Standard on Saturday, Kenya.

NTV  Kenya’s  Enock Sikolia & Charles Kariuki, got the MSD Health & Medical Award, presented by Hein Garbers, Managing Director, English and Portuguese Africa, MSD.

The Press Freedom Award, presented by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the judging panel went to Zacharie Flash Ndiomo, Cameroon.
Burkinabé journalist, healing http://cottages-with-a-view.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou was Saturday awarded the top prize at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards Ceremony.

Boowurosigue Sanou was awarded the overall ‘CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year’ Award for his work ‘Nuit du 29 octobre à Azalaï : Nous étions à la chambre 143’, web http://cosmoveda.de/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/widgets/class-wc-widget-product-search.php which appeared in Burkinabé daily print newspaper and was chosen from entries spanning 39 nations across the African continent.

Sanou’s work documents the ousting of Blaise Campaore, approved who had ruled over Burkina Faso for 27 years.

In his acceptance speech, Sanou said, “I feel so lucky to be named CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of Year. My story was about power and how people can fight against it – I’m so proud that the story has been told and will now be remembered. I want to share my prize with all those who work at L’Observateur Paalga.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tim Jacobs, CEO MultiChoice Africa and Deborah Rayner, SVP International Newsgathering TV and Digital, CNN International, presented Sanou with the Award at a Gala Awards ceremony held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, in Nairobi.

Chairperson of the judging panel, Ferial Haffajee, said, “Room 143 was a work of enterprise.  Burkina Faso’s parliamentary protest saw Blaise Campaore leave his seat and the country.”

He added, “This was a remarkable moment in a newsworthy year. This feature takes the reader to the night before – the night of the long knives when members of parliament attempted to win sufficient support to extend Campaore’s term.  It was not to be and this story explains why not. A piece of dramatic reporting built on the reporter’s clever decision to take a room (143) in the hotel where the action went down.”

Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou, winner in the Francophone General News Award – Print, was among 32 finalists from 15 countries who attended the Awards ceremony as the culmination of a all-expense paid four day programme of workshops, media forums and networking in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to Deborah Rayner, SVP International Newsgathering TV and Digital, CNN International, the winners really demonstrated the very best of journalism – from powerful investigative journalism through to celebratory stories of hope and change

CEO MultiChoice Africa,  Tim Jacobs congratulated all the winners and said,” Your words and images reflect the reality of our world and attest to the important role the media plays in Africa’s development. As a good corporate citizen, together with our partner, CNN and other sponsors we will continue to invest in the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards to ensure increased development and advancement of outstanding journalism across the continent.”

Now in its 20th year, the Awards are supported by a range of prestigious sponsors:  A24 Media, African Development Bank, Dow, Ecobank, GE, IPP Media and MSD (MSD is known as Merck in the U.S. and Canada).

The overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 wins a substantial cash prize and all finalists receive a cash prize, and iPad Air, with runner-ups receiving an iPad mini.

Winners in the individual competition categories are:

Adewale Olugbenga Emosu of Tribuneonlineng.com, Nigeria won the Culture award, presented by Stephen Isaboke, Regional Director, East Africa, MIH.

Thomas Naadi Bitlegma, Viasat1, Ghana  lifted the African Development Bank Environment Award, presented by Joel Kibazo, Director of Communications and External Affairs at the African Development Bank Group.

Ibrahima Diallo, Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise (RTS), Senegal won the Francophone General News– Electronic Media Award, presented by Greg Beitchman, VP Content Sales & Partnerships, CNN International

Ecobank Economics & Business Award, went to Femi Asu, Punch Newspaper, Nigeria. The award was presented by Richard Uku, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Ecobank.

GE Energy & Infrastructure Award, presented by Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa went to Paul Kelemba, Freelance for The Standard on Saturday, Kenya.

NTV  Kenya’s  Enock Sikolia & Charles Kariuki, got the MSD Health & Medical Award, presented by Hein Garbers, Managing Director, English and Portuguese Africa, MSD.

The Press Freedom Award, presented by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the judging panel went to Zacharie Flash Ndiomo, Cameroon.
Following the peace agreement signed in August in Addis Ababa by South Sudan’s warring factions, decease http://celstec.biz/wp-includes/feed-rss2-comments.php the Permanent Secretary in the Ugandan Foreign Affairs Ministry, drugs Amb. James Mugume has Monday afternoon announced that UPDF is now withdrawing from war-torn country.

“Accordingly, in compliance with the agreement, Ugandan today announces the beginning of the withdrawal of the UPDF from South Sudan,” Amb. Mugume told journalists on Monday afternoon at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.

“As one of the guarantors of the Addis Ababa peace agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan that requires security actors allied to either party in the conflict to withdraw from the country within 45 days, we have with immediate effect started doing so.”

ChimpReports exclusively broke the news of the planned UPDF evacuation today morning.

According to the UPDF Chief of the Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, UPDF have finalized withdrawal preparations and within the shortest time possible the troops whose number ranges from between 2,000 to 3,000 will be leaving the youngest African nation.

“It’s true the boys are coming home and the Chief of Staff Land Forces is in Juba working out modalities and arrangements of withdrawing from the Sudanese soil,” said Gen Katumba.

UPDF Deployment a Blessing to South Sudan

According to Ambassador Mugume, the deployment in South Sudan after the war broke out in December 2013 was of great benefit to both the country and the region at large.

“It helped stop what was likely to be the worst genocide in the region. Although thousands had already been massacred in the town of Bor, our intervention and the subsequent capture of the town halted the massacres,” the Permanent Secretary at the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

He said the timely deployment enabled the evacuation of thousands Ugandans and foreigners who were trapped in the conflict, stressing that the move was strategic in bringing about peace and maintenance of thriving trade relations within the region.

Amb Mugume says UPDF left a clean record in South Sudan

Amb Mugume says UPDF left a clean record in South Sudan

“We were able to secure the Juba airport and other strategic installations as well as guarantying safety of entry and exit for foreigners and nationals alike.  This has ensured that South Sudan remains linked to the region and the wider international community.”

At the same press briefing, Gen Katumba Wamala said the army’s deployment and later withdrawal has left a big landmark especially among the people of South Sudan whom he said have appreciated the role played by the Ugandan army in fostering peace and stability there.

“We have left no legal baggage behind us after leaving a good name as a force that has been there for more than a year,” he said.

He however pointed out that withdrawing from South Sudan will be gradual considering the army has not been just forced out of the country but was willing to leave.

“It’s not running away but organized withdrawal and being able to hand over the mantle to the government of South Sudan. We think things will be able to hold and the situation returns to normal but we will be willing to help in case we are asked to give in some support.”

On the losses incurred since they deployed in South Sudan, Katumba said Uganda lost only 9 soldiers in December during their confrontation with the Machar troops who were retreating from Bor.

“There was no extra expenditure as the soldiers received facilities including food and salaries as they would be here in Uganda and no more cost. For the fuel used, we had an agreement where the South Sudan government was catering for that.”

However, in the 2015/16 Budget, Ministry of Defense was allocated Shs 16.5bn additional fund for South Sudan operation.

Gen. Katumba said that all their units –  infantry, armoury, and artillery were being withdrawn from South Sudan.

Additional reporting by Dickens Okello Honeywell

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